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05-31-2013, 06:16 PM
This week we have encore play of COTM Feature #88 - Sebastian Hardie. This was a very popular episode so if you missed it the first time around, here's your chance to catch it again.

Here is the previous posting to help remind you.

COTM #88 - Sebastian Hardie
Greetings folks.

A wet and stormy day in Georgia today (Monday) [this was done in January 2013] so it's a great day to stay in and listen to Progressive Rock. But then, what day isn't a good day for prog. 8-)

On this week's CORNER OF THE MOONIVERSE, we explore Sebastian Hardie. Who is Sebastian Hardie, you might ask. Well, Sebastian Hardie is not a who but a what. The band was originally know as Sebastian Hardie Blues Band when it was form in 1967 by Graham Ford. Over the next 5 years the line-up of the band would change with regularity. By 1974 the final core of players emerged as the group we know. The members were Peter Plavsic on bass, his brother Alex Plavsic on drums, Mario Millo on Guitar and vocals, and Tovio Pilt on Keyboards. Both Peter and Alex Plavics had joined the group in 1968 along with Jon English on vocals. Jon would soon leave to take the role of Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ Superstar, the Australian cast, actually.

And that is how Sebastian Hardie was born. Their first album is titled Four Moments. The album's title track is an epic, filling the 1st side of the LP. Two more songs balance out the album. The style of the album was decidedly more progressive rock oriented, taking on the stylings of the grandmasters (King Crimson, Genesis, Focus and, of course, Yes.

The album, Four Moments was relatively successful, hitting #13 on the Australian charts. The single from the album, Rosanna, peaked at #31. Not bad for Australia's first progressive rock band.

This success allowed them to go back in studio and in 1976 they released Windchase. This album was still successful, but it did not garner the higher numbers of Four Moments. But it was good enough to get the attention of SANTANA who asked them to guest on their Australian Tour that year. By the end of the tour, or perhaps shortly after, there arose conflicts and disagreements amongst the group and Alex and Peter Plavsic would leave to join a Rock 'n Roll revival. They had also been able to keep owner ship of the band's name. They did not, however, have playing rights to the music as Mario Millo had composed the bulk of the material.

Thus was born Windchase (band). Millo and Pilt joined with Doug Nethercote (bass guitar) and Doug Bligh (drums) and they began work on their one album, Simphinity. It was released in 1977. It didn't do very well and the band toured through the end of the year, but dissolved shortly after.

The original four members have reunited upon several occasions, including the 1994 ProgFest in Los Angles. That show was recorded and was released in 1997 as Sebastian Hardie Live in L.A. They reunited in 2003 and again just recently. The latest reunion sparked their 4th album Blueprint. It was in this years Aural Moon Top 20 Poll and garnered 6th place.

Today's show will feature all 3 of their studio albums (Four Moments, Windchase, and Blueprint). I do hope you can join us and listen to one of the better undiscovered bands of Progressive Rock. They represent Australia very well.

I'll see you on the Moon, Aural Moon, that is.


06-01-2013, 02:12 AM
did not see you in chat when this was on..great show for sure..thanks much

06-02-2013, 08:15 PM
Once again, your show has caused me to spend money.

Either someone should be getting a commission or someone should be getting a discount :hrm:

Excellent band ... thanks for the push!

Bought them from shoponmars.com ... since I was already on the moon it wasn't too far a trip :alien:


06-03-2013, 12:15 AM
So very happy you like the show (both times). The best flattery for our artists is to purchase their materials.

Thanks Art for your support of the music community.

(yeah, I wish I got a commission. Where's' all the Playola I heard about????


EVERYONE ELSE - next chance to catch the show is Monday at 12moon.... er I mean Noon. :shootmeno